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Short Video about TCWR

A brief documentary about the people and wildlife at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and its history of providing lifetime sanctuary to hundreds of exotic animals.
by: Charles Ragsdell, II

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20th Anniversary Calendar of Events

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Movie night - April 19

TCWR Logo31The first event of a 20-day birthday celebration for Turpentine Creek will be on April 19, 2012. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 p.m. followed by a showing of The Lion King movie in the front field. Bring a carload of friends, share the donation of $5.00 entrance fee, and buy some popcorn to eat while you watch the movie.

Artful Tigers Auction - Friday, April 20

Join us at the Matt Miller Studio on the square in Fayetteville for an evening of live music, food, drink and a silent art auction. Festivities will run from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20. Musicians providing entertainment include: Tiffany Christopher, Amber Dawn Gardner and Teddy Sablon. Some artists who will have pieces in the auction are: Adam Campbell, Anthony Davis, Matt Miller, Tracy Sites, Joe Sporet and Emmit Smith via Teddy Sablon. Come, enjoy the evening, and bid on your favorite artwork.   A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Refuge. CLICK HERE for more information.

Cats at the Castle Dinner - Saturday, April 21

One of the TCWR 20th Anniversary Events will be held at Castle Rouge's Manor. This event venue is incredible. Just to visit the Castle Rouge's Manor is a special treat. The place is amazing as I've watch its creation and transition from an awesome cliff view of the White River and the town of Beaver to the exquisite, unique American treasure it is today. The Castle is a "must see" in the Ozarks.

If this is not enough to ensure a fabulous, fun evening for you and your guests, let me tell you the Prime Rib Dinner being served is fit for a King or Queen! There will be plenty libations, some fine fundraising activities, and a great opportunity to visit and talk with TCWR staff and board members. A donation of $100/person insures you an evening full of opportunities. Use your imagination to finish off the evening with memories you will treasure for a lifetime. CLICK HERE for more information and to REGISTER for the dinner.

Earth Day - Sunday, April 22

Come out to the Refuge on Sunday, April 22 and enjoy two events. Curator, Emily McCormack will be giving an informative presentation on the dangers of owning wild animals. Talks will begin at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and are free to the people who have paid admission to the Refuge.

Cat Walk Walk-A-Thon - Sunday, April 22

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. and running until 1:00 p.m. you can sign up for the Cat Walk (people only) or the Dog Walk. Walkers will get sponsors to pay for the number of laps walked. Bring you dog and walk around the half-mile course in front of the Refuge, as dogs are not allowed inside. The Cat Walk will take place around the half-mile loop passing by many of the habitats as you walk. Register ahead of time and ask family, friends and coo-workers to sponsor you. CLICK HERE for further details.

Birthday Sale - Monday, April 23

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge’s incorporation was on April 23, 1992. To celebrate this special day, there will be a Birthday Sale both at the Refuge and at the downtown store on Monday, April 23.

Movie night - Thursday, April 26

Once again, we will be showing a movie on Thursday night, April 26. Bring your friends and family, donate $5.00 and enjoy the movie, Two Brothers. There will be popcorn to purchase, and you can have a fun night out!

Taste with the Tigers - Friday, April 27

Purchase a bracelet for $5.00 and sample Taste with the Tigers under the tent in the compound. Restaurants from around the area will fix delicious samples of food for you to try. Tasty treats will be available from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on April 27, 2012. This is a special night when the Refuge is open an hour longer than normal time.

Habitat opening - Saturday, April 28

The Rogers Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 to celebrate the opening of a new habitat.   Come out to the Refuge and see the tigers walking on grass for the first time!

Alumni pride Intern reunion - Saturday, April 28 

All interns who have worked at the Refuge are invited to a reunion and to make special plans to stay connected with each other and with the Refuge. There will be games, food and lots of special activities throughout the day.

Art with the Animals - April 19 through May 8

During the 20-day celebration from April 19 to May 8, artists are invited to bring their special medium to the Refuge and set up a workspace to capture the animals on canvas, with clay or by photography. They will have their creations for sale and share the profits with the Refuge. Look for an artist of the day to be highlighted in the gift shop.

Customer Appreciation days - Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5

People who live in Carroll and Madison Counties may come to the Refuge at no cost on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. This is a way to thank you for supporting our mission throughout the year. Non-profit organizations from around the area are invited to set up booths and to share their mission with those in attendance.

Fireworks - Saturday, May 5

On Saturday, May 5, the Refuge will celebrate the beginning of the next 20 years of helping abused and unwanted cats. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. with bands playing on the stage. A fireworks display will end the festivities at 9:00 p.m.